Peter Saul

Bad Restaurant, 2008

Acrylic, oil on canvas
198 × 274 cm

Peter Saul’s deformations of the human face and body can be related to the figurative distortions found in expressionist or surrealist art. The deformation of the figure in works by Picasso, de Kooning or Bacon is generally ascribed to formal exploration, not cruel intent. Artist’s works have elements of black humor, and they overtly embrace cruelty and parody:

“All my work can be professionally seen as the artistic contribution that should, and did come after + stem from Francis Bacon. This contribution was not accepted as a contribution because it was a time when people were only interested in the visual appearance of the over-all picture and unable to reflect on the “meaning” of the figurative elements. I got people to interpret my figures only thru dealing with topical subjects, and then mainly complaints like “how the hell am I supposed to appreciate your technique if you keep painting these exciting scenes that are hard to ignore.” – Peter Saul


Peter Saul: Five New Pictures. Patrick Painter gallery, Santa Monica, CA 22.11.2008 – 10.01.2009
Peter Saul: New Paintings. David Nolan gallery, New York, 2.04.2009 – 23.05.2009
Peter Saul: You Better Call Saul. Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 22.04.2016 – 31.08.2016


Catalogue “Peter Saul. New Paintings”. David Nolan Gallery, NY, 2009, 36p., p. 18-19
Catalogue “Peter Saul. You Better Call Saul”. Gary Tatintsian gallery, Moscow, 2016, pages 58-65, 72-73

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